NYCC ’12 – The Wrath of Con i.e. It’s a Wrap!!

The Cup O’ Joe panel from Saturday came with your regular dose of space news a la a new, ongoing Nova  and Guardians of the Galaxy series.

Remember when Nova was cool?  Nope, me neither.  But maybe they’ll get it right this time! (via ComicsBeat)

I saw quite a few Jack Sparrows running around the Javits Center this weekend but they were absolutely dwarfed in terms of the number of Deadpools. Just like in the Marvel 616 universe, Deadpool was everywhere. At first it was pretty cool, but also just like the 616, after the 15th Gangnam Style-ing Deadpool you need a change.  The Drunken Moogle (great site name, btw) imagines the two cosplay icons bumping into one another while stocking up on adult beverages. Cosplay note: There were also a ton of Banes and at least two King Hippos.

The creators & architects behind the Batman arc “Death of the Family”, including Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, David Finch, Greg Capullo and others sat down at NYCC to discuss the upcoming plans for Batman, the Bat-family, the Joker & Gotham at large.  Apparently the rumor is that Nightwing gets killed off?  Hmmm. Sounds like the best panel at the show so far. (via CBR)

Speaking of panels…look, I love the con.  I really do.  But at no point in the past three years have I ever wanted to wait in line for two hours to go sit in an auditorium for an hour and listen to anyone, no matter how awesome they are.  Why? Two reasons that come to mind immediately: One is that THERE IS A CON GOING ON AND ITS GETTING BIGGER EVERY YEAR. I have limited time here, son! I need to cram in all the action I can in the time I have. Two, I know it’s all going to be up on the web inside of an hour anyway.   Yes, I’m not witnessing it first hand but I would rather be out on the floor, scrounging around then just standing in some long concrete tube, waiting.

WHY don’t I know about SuperF*ckers? I really need to start digging into the indie world a bit more. What’s that? You don’t know about SuperF*ckers either? Well, it’s getting the animated treatment and here are some clips! Joy (-oulsy NSFW)!

Theme song!


Speaking of indie comics! I grew up as a Marvel Zombie, later morphing into an Image Idiot, a Valiant Victim and lately turning into a DC Dipshit, but the one thing I’ve never been is an Indie Ignoramus. But now? Chalk it up to finally, after 20+ years, getting tired of guys in their underwear punching each other month after month. I’ve been worn down to the degree that I’m casting about, desperate for something good and fun and clever and funny to read. As luck would have it, I’ve been finding it! Lots of it! I think the catalyst was Lee O’ Malley’s Scott Pilgrim books, though it may go back as far as Evan Dorkin’s Milk & Cheese books.  Things like Double Barrel from the Cannons, Ed Piskor’s WIZYWIG & Hip Hop Family TreeJeff Lemire’s well, anything, leading up to my discovery this weekend of Justin Peterson’s Very Near MintWhich I wasn’t even going to buy but in fact it is so good that I went back to NYCC  an unplanned third time just so I could pick up the second volume.  Buy it. For real. Right here.  It’s GOOD. I’m actually a bit mad about how good it is, because now I have to wait until Spring ’13 to get vol. 3.

There is also the matter of this excellent Lego Ron Swanson to consider. 

And now back to the underwear punchers: Secret Avengers #1 is almost upon us, with an all-new cast of super old characters, just in a slightly new configuration. CBR spoke with the creative team to get the scoop on what’s so secret this time around.






Lastly, something I missed at NYCC that is probably a good thing, as I DEFINITELY would have bought this: “THE 17,000 SINS OF SKELE-GORE” from Scarecrow Oven. Why wouldn’t you buy something as sweet as this:

New York Comic Con ’12 – a great success! Each year the Con gets bigger but somehow it’s also getting better. Can’t wait for next year! The only point of contention is that it’d be great if they went back to how Thursdays were in 2010 i.e. only Press & Pros were allowed into the show on Thursday. But clearly Reed Pop is making a killing selling early access, so it’s doubtful we’ll see a return.

Did you go to Comic Con this year? How was your experience there? What did you get? Who did you see? Let us know in the comments!

New York Comic Con 2012 Day Two – Cosplayers Come Out At Night (During the Day Too)

New York Comic Con ’12 day two has come and gone and all I have to show for it is A TON OF SUPER SWEET POSTERS & T-SHIRTS OHMYGOD.

The day started with a beeline to the Capcom booth, where they had a limited number of Infinity Gauntlet-inspired posters to commemorate the release of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins.  Trick was: to snag the poster you had to play the demo. I was in line several times on Thursday to do just that but kept running off to pick something else up.  But the time I actually got to play the demo ( the line was suspiciously non-existent at 6pm on Thursday) they had run out of posters. DON’T WORRY; I got there early enough to score the poster as well as a cool Okami HD and a Darkstalkers Resurrection poster signed by the artist.

From there it was a straight shot back to the Mondo booth. Thursday evening when I stopped by, they had one of about 15 posters revealed (it was for Phantasm). I asked the guy manning the booth when the rest would be revealed and he said ” probably 3 a day for the rest of the con”.  Kind of disappointing, but whatever, it’s his deal.  But when I randomly checked their Twitter feed this morning they had apparently reversed course and dropped everything  at 10am on Friday! Maybe they had to beat a hasty retreat? Anyway, for sale they had a regular edition & a limited con edition of the following posters: Iron Giant, Shaun of the Dead, Foghorn Leghorn, an Ent, Beatrix Kiddo. They also had the Phantasm poster, a pretty sweet Friday the 13th joint, a cool shot of Mordor and a something from an Italian horror movie called City of the Living Dead.

After waiting in line for about 45 minutes (they, along with everyone else in the convention center, was having issues with the super expensive & super spotty wifi) I was able to order and scoop up the last Shaun of the Dead New York Comic Con ’12 variant. WoO-HoO! I also grabbed the City of the Living Dead poster ’cause I panicked.

From there? Meandering and snapping shots of some the really amazing cosplayers that were roaming about. Took in the AMC Comic Book Men panel (scored a ticket at work) where even though it was supposed to be about the guys on the show, Kevin Smith turned it into the Kevin Smith show.  But you kind of had to know that going in.  Plus, no matter how comfortable your shoes are, you’re going to want to sit down after 5 hours of walking the floor.

Had to head back to Rawrs and pick up another shirt (photos coming in the posters post) as well the Kellogg’s booth for free “cereal” (it’s Cap’n Crunch filled with chocolate! That’s not breakfast!!). I also ate a giant box of Nerds & a fistful of Hi-Chews that I managed to score from their respective booth.

Out in Artists Alley, I had the chance to talk with Lee Weeks. I was friends with a nephew of Lee’s early on in middle school and at one point Lee came in to town for a convention or a signing or something at a local shop in my area.  He took both his nephew and myself along with him to the shop where I was able to pick up the firs three issues of The Infinity Gauntlet at a substantial discount.  Great experience, both then and today; it was really tremendous to speak with him again.

At that point, we’d been at NYCC for about 6 hours & we’d just about seen it all (I had definitely seen it all if you factored int he 5 hours from the previous day) so we headed out to find beer and food (Pony Bar on 44th & 10th is the place to go!).

I’m going back tomorrow with more of a targeted mission: a) pick up t-shirts for my nephews b) hit the Comixology booth to chat c) head back over to Lee Weeks’ booth. Thursday was crowded & today was packed; I can only imagine what tomorrow will like.  Oof. Enjoy the cosplayer photos below!

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New York Comic Con 2012, Day One: My Dogs Are BARKIN’!

WHOOOOOOOOoooooooooo!!! New York Comic Con ’12 day one is a wrap! Important note: wear layers & comfortable shoes. Like, real comfortable shoes. Moon boots full of & soled by marshmallows!

After two professional panels this afternoon, I got to take part in everyone’s favorite con activity:  waiting in line! Luckily that moved pretty quickly and I hit the con floor at 3:05, swag-grabbing powers activated.

One of the first booths I hit was Rawrs (booth #3115; stop by and buy something!); last year I made the mistake of seeing a shirt on Thursday and waiting until Friday to try to buy it; whoops! Sold out. Never say I’m not a quick study, as I picked up an awesome shirt & am going back tomorrow for more.

Then? Then I just, like…wandered, man. I did do that thing where I stopped in the middle of an intersection, spread my arms & spun around in a slow circle while a camera above me spun in the opposite direction.

Some of the cool people and things I met/saw on day one:

Justin Peterson, creator/writer/artist of Very Near MintPicked up vol.1 today and plan on reading it tonight.  If it’s good (and it seems awesome), I’m going to pick up the other three volumes tomorrow.

– The gentlemen from OnTarget Network. Super cool and if you stop by their booth, you can draw on their table!  I didn’t, because stick figures are difficult for me to manage. Check them out if you’re trying to get a foothold in digital comics. One of their artists, Jack Ciolli, has a whole slate of art up on deviantArt. Investigate!

– You like metal, right? OF COURSE YOU LIKE METAL. And since you’re here, you like comics & pop culture. Then I’ve got a store for you: METAL MACHINE ENTERTAINMENT. Their tag line? “Where Heavy Metal and Pop Culture Meet”. And Ismael, their president, is a top-notch fella.  Stop by their booth and say  “Modern Borefare sent you!” (bonus points if your eyes & tongue bulge out and terrify 6-year old me).

– Talked to a gentleman at the GeekFest Rants booth. Seems like a great podcast; I’ve subscribed.  Check it out, maybe you should to?

I also ate a bulgogi hot dog &  a mystery empanada. That’s a wrap on day one; come back tomorrow for more news on day two a.k.a. The First Day It Gets REAL Crazy in the Javits Center.

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P.S. SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS: AT&T ACTUALLY WORKED in the Javits Center! For the first time for me in two years and as far as I know for the first time ever! AT&T LTE is NO JOKE.